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Fulltimers, fulltime?

Posted 12-13-2011 at 04:55 PM by DrivinMyHome
Updated 12-15-2011 at 11:43 PM by DrivinMyHome

Are we fulltimers?

I see the occasional discussion about what constitutes fulltiming: If you have a house, can you stay in it or must you 'camp' in the yard? Must you rent it out? Can you have a house at all? Do you have to always be 'on the go'? If not, How long can you stay put before you must bug out?

We moved into our trailer at the end of May 2011 when we moved out of our townhouse. Everything we did in our townhouse we now do in the TT. It is our home. We live in it. We eat, sleep, shower. The kids do their homework and play. I work on the vehicles and the trailer. My wife does the dishes, laundry. We haven't found anything that we did before that we can't do with our trailer.

I like that we have been able to cut down the clutter (though some days it doesn't seem like it) and streamline our life. We've met new and interesting folks. we have the ability to save more money, which has given us more opportunities to travel. We have been out of town with our TT a handful of times, each one being an experience we (and the kids) remember well. But...

We are stationary. Since we moved into the TT, we've "moved" three times. We stayed at the first park for 2 months and one week. Then we moved to another park where we stayed for a month. Now, we are in a "mobile home community" where we have been since September. Because my job keeps me in the Phoenix area, I am basically 'tied down' here until they don't like me, or I don't like them.

The times we have traveled have been mostly 3-day weekends: trips North to Flagstaff or Sedona, or South to Tucson to see family. On Memorial Day weekend, we were able to go West to San Diego and Huntington Beach. But, most of our days have been spent here, parked in this trailer, in this spot, the wheels not rolling...

Do I consider us to be fulltimers? No. I would like to and, in time, I'm sure I will. But, for now, we are just a family... living in a travel trailer... fulltime. We have no 'house' to go to, no safe haven to run off to if things don't go how we want. No requirement to get out of town. But we can travel; see new people, new places. We just don't have to. That's good enough for me. I like it that way.


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    ronspradley's Avatar
    Great story about how you and family went from house stick and bricks to house wheels included. Back in '76 I was buying a house with my adopted brother and his wife and got transferred to another town 100 miles away. My solution was a TT, 22 feet long. That way I could keep my portion of the house and have a place to live while "away". Then my girlfriend at the time, now my wife of 34 years, decided to move the 100 miles to be with me in this little trailer. She brought all her stuff and two love birds in a cage that she put on the dining table! I kept her and lost the birds. She had too much stuff then and still does. Following your blog. Not for me though. I am too analog for such technology. Thanks again.

    ronspradley
    Posted 12-13-2011 at 09:04 PM by ronspradley ronspradley is online now
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    ghoststories's Avatar
    Great way to spend time with family and do what you have to do......making memories and enjoying life....what more can you ask for....have a great day!!
    Posted 12-15-2011 at 08:02 PM by ghoststories ghoststories is offline
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    DrivinMyHome's Avatar
    Thanks guys for the encouragement!! We do aim to travel more, but the "fulltiming" date seems to be drifting away from us a bit. Got to get back on track with the basics again. I do feel that we are much closer now than when we had the house(and not just physically).
    Posted 12-15-2011 at 11:18 PM by DrivinMyHome DrivinMyHome is offline
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    We live in our 34' Flagstaff fulltime as well, and have for a year-and-a-half so far (including two winters). This was a senior citizens' affordability choice for us. Where else could we find a two bedroom home that we can relocate (we don't call it moving) to follow work and climate choices? We don't have a tow vehicle, so stay put unless/until we need to be somewhere else, then have a towing contractor do the (literally) heavy lifting. No truck expenses in our budget!
    Posted 03-31-2019 at 08:41 AM by nomorervnv nomorervnv is offline
 
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